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'Drop it like it's hot' rapper will feature in a television advert as part of the price comparison website's You’re So MoneySuperMarket campaign

Katy Perry has scored her fourth UK number one with 'Roar' after selling 179,500 copies in the last seven days.

Katy Perry roars to the top of the UK Singles chart

Katy Perry has roared her way to the top of the UK Singles charts for the fourth time.

Angel Haze performs live on stage at Birthdays on September 5, 2013 in London, England.

Music review: Angel Haze, Birthday’s, London

Angel Haze has the back story: having grown up in a religious community that she has compared to “a cult”, in which she wasn’t allowed to listen to music, she moved to Brooklyn at age 16 and, in this musical melting pot, lapped up what she heard. Across a handful of mixtapes and an EP, she has shown off her no-nonsense rapping, displaying a flow that’s reminiscent of Jay-z at points in its clever, clunky syntax.

Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens

Film review: The Invisible Woman - Ralph Fiennes stars in the love life and adventures of Charles Dickens

Performing admirably both behind and in front of the camera Ralph Fiennes depicts Charles Dickens as a boisterous man so taken with his own celebrity that he believes he can hide his affair with a young actress (Felicity Jones) from the press. This is a film of two strands. As a treatise on how celebrity can delude it is excellent, but Fiennes is initially less sure-footed when dealing with the central secret romance.

Film review: The Great Hip Hop Hoax (18)

Get rich or try lying. This documentary tells of an imposture that one feels could only have been perpetrated on the music industry. Californian hip-hop duo Silibil and Brains arrived in London, signed a deal and looked set for stardom. Only they weren't from California, they were two Scottish students, Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain, who got fed up with rejection and decided on a whim to "go American", accents and all.

Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens

Film review: The Invisible Woman - Ralph Fiennes stars in the love life and adventures of Charles Dickens

Performing admirably both behind and in front of the camera Ralph Fiennes depicts Charles Dickens as a boisterous man so taken with his own celebrity that he believes he can hide his affair with a young actress (Felicity Jones) from the press. This is a film of two strands. As a treatise on how celebrity can delude it is excellent, but Fiennes is initially less sure-footed when dealing with the central secret romance.

Review: Signifying Rappers, By David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello

A starter's guide to the rap of ages

Plan B played a promotional show to mark the arrival of 4G on O2

Live review: Plan B, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Academy, London

Following an unhappy set warming up for Eminem’s headline slot at Slane Castle, Plan B returns to London in a promotional show to mark the arrival of 4G on O2. The corporate nature of the show is somewhat at odds with the mob-driven grit of "Ill Manors", with which Plan B - real name Ben Drew - made his name as the unlikely conscience of British pop.

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro performing on the main stage, during day three of the Reading Festival

Reading Festival 2013: Biffy Clyro close festival with graft and invention

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro closed Reading Festival on Sunday with a set encompassing both hard, sweaty graft and moments of inspired invention, mainly from their current, first chart-topping album, Opposites.

Alex Kapranos, Franz’s perfectly preserved frontman

Music review: Why Franz Ferdinand are still the best

Art-pop kings remind the world why they rank among this century’s finest songwriters with a truly scintillating comeback gig

Fred C Dobbs offers brilliantly crafted, summer rock'n'roll

The Playlist: Drake / Fred C Dobbs / Dead Girlfriends

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Michelle Obamais launching a hip-hop album to improve America's health

Michelle Obama launches hip-hop album with Blink-182 and Run-D.M.C. artists

The LP, titled Songs For A Healthier America, include tracks such as 'Veggie Luv' and 'Get Up Sit Up'

Laura Mvula performs on the Pyramid Stage during day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival

Proms review: Prommers were enchanted by Lauras Mvula and Marling - greeting a mixture of Grime, hip-hop and r'n'b with enthusiasm

Prom 37: Urban Classic Prom, FT Laura Mvula, Fazer and others (***)

Prom 40: 6 Music Prom, FT Laura Marling, Cerys Matthews and others (****)

Miley Cyrus has scored her first UK number one single with

We Can't Stop Miley Cyrus: Hannah Montana star scores first UK number one

American pop brat Miley Cyrus shot straight to the top of the charts to score her first ever UK number one single with party tune "We Can't Stop".

Album: Buddy Guy, Rhythm & Blues (RCA-Silvertone)

Buddy Guy is now 76 and can lay claim to special status as a near-sole survivor of Chicago's era of eminence in the 1950s and 1960s.

Teacher held after four die in Texas gun spree

A gunman in Texas has killed at least four people in a shooting rampage in which four others were wounded.

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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn